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Pinned topic x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

‏2012-11-20T20:34:46Z |
Hi :) I've an x335 8676 Windows Server 2003 all updates applied.

I've searched and found

IBM Bootable Media Creator (BoMC) http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=TOOL-BOMC

but it's not for x335 yes?

I've tried UpdateXpress http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=SERV-XPRESS

but there were only 2 files returned and they both had errors during the update.

I've searched and found BIOS updates but,

#1 I need a Boot Media Creator that creates USB bootable media
#2 Where would I find the files for BIOS and FIRMWARE and RAID controller, are they on the following CD's I have?

ServerRAID Support CD v9.30
ServerGUIDE latest.

I would use RSAII but whilst trying to install device drivers using this file:

IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II Windows Server Software Version 5.29, Build ID:HLP409A

it returns the error: Cannot install. Check USB connection. Press any key..

Also during POST it's Println's extremely slow as if it were typing on a typewriter, hence interest in updating/replacing the BIOS /Firmware code.

Thanks :)
Updated on 2012-11-22T08:54:51Z at 2012-11-22T08:54:51Z by SystemAdmin
  • DaveQ
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    Re: x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

    ‏2012-11-20T21:30:30Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Hi,

    Curious why you need to boot from USB. Since you have an installed and working Windows OS, you can just apply the updates hot. If that doesn't work, then that would be a reason. That RSA II driver you were attempting to use is too old, see below.

    You didn't include the type of RAID controller you have. It will be listed during POST or as a storage controller in device manager.

    This is the last bootable media creator that supported the x335:
    IBM ToolsCenter Bootable Media Creator v2.10 for SLES 11 - IBM BladeCenter and System x
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5081409&brandind=5000008
    These are the updates you can apply while in Windows:

    IBM BIOS Flash Update for Microsoft Windows - IBM System xSeries 335
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5088952&brandind=5000008

    *Remote Supervisor Adapter II Firmware Update (Windows update package) - IBM eServer xSeries 335*http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56216&brandind=5000008

    For 32-bit Windows 2003 only:
    IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II Daemon v5.46 for Microsoft Windows IA32 - IBM System x
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5071025&brandind=5000008

    For 64-bit Windows 2003 only:
    IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter II Daemon v5.44 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008 (x64) - IBM System x
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5071027&brandind=5000008
    Lastly:

    Software and device drivers: IBM xSeries 335 8676
    http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/sdd/hardware/systems/system_x/xseries_335/8676?key=5105589&osKey=&brand=5000008

    Where all of the above came from.
    • DaveQ
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      Re: x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

      ‏2012-11-20T21:39:58Z  in response to DaveQ
      Sorry, meant this BoMC:

      IBM ToolsCenter Bootable Media Creator v2.10 for Microsoft Windows - IBM BladeCenter and System x
      http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=migr-5079823

      It's command-line so you'll need to reference its syntax; specifying the machine type for it to download updates for. But again.. the Windows-based updates should be your first try.

      Example:
      ibm_utl_bomc_2.10_windows_i386.exe -m 8676 --function=uxspi --latest --iso=8676.iso --local=C:\temp

      Just use -? to see more options or follow the guide.

      I noticed the post didn't carry this over correctly:

      Remote Supervisor Adapter II Firmware Update (Windows update package) - IBM eServer xSeries 335
      http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56216&brandind=5000008
      • SystemAdmin
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        Re: x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

        ‏2012-11-21T07:13:45Z  in response to DaveQ
        Thank you. This has made things clearer :)

        The BIOS update worked:

        IBM BIOS Flash Update for Microsoft Windows - IBM System xSeries 335
        http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5088952&brandind=5000008

        The Firmware update unfortunately told me I had the wrong server type.

        Remote Supervisor Adapter II Firmware Update (Windows update package) - IBM eServer xSeries 335
        http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-56216&brandind=5000008
        The software and drivers page was exactly what I was looking for, so thanks for that :)

        I needed the BoMC so that I could make a Linux bootable USB and install Linux supported BIOS, Firmware, etc.

        I wish to install Linux (Debian or RHEL). What I'm wondering now, is:

        #1 How do I create a bootable Linux USB from a win2003 install and is the BoMC the correct tool for this? I do not know how to make an .sh into a bootable media btw, only .iso & .img etc.

        #2 Am I on the right track to begin with for converting server to Linux from win2003?

        Appreciate it.

        Thanks :)
        • DaveQ
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          Re: x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

          ‏2012-11-21T08:35:08Z  in response to SystemAdmin
          The BoMC is not the correct tool for creating Linux installer media. It can only be used for creating bootable images for updating the system or deploying Windows operating systems.

          To install Linux, you must use the Linux installer media, booting to it via optical drive, RSA II remote media, or USB. Can you explain why you are focusing on USB?

          You mentioned trying to update the RSA II (failed), but are you certain the server even has an RSA II?
          You can also apply RSA II firmware updates via the RSA II itself (firmware update option is on the menu). Refer to the documentation for the procedure, it's basically just uploading the appropriate .bin files for the card.

          High-level:
          1. Update the server's firmware using the BoMC image you created for the machine type.
          2. Install using the Linux installer media. The media method you use is entirely up to you to manage. Primarily you would do this via optical drive or RSA II remote media.

          If you absolutely require using USB to deploy the OS - someone else will have to chime in or Google is your best friend.
          • SystemAdmin
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            Re: x335 How to Create Boot Media(USB) for BIOS, Firmware & RAID controller?

            ‏2012-11-22T08:54:51Z  in response to DaveQ
            Ok thanks.

            There's something wrong with the optical drive, it stalls on booting anything. Also, the RSAII (found here: ##### ) is not responding to http or SSH requests. I was only just barely able to get logical drives created to install on, as the RAID controller constantly reported errors. I suspected that if both optical and SCSI controllers/drives are having issues, that the floppy drive is likely to follow suit. Therefore I considered trying USB to boot.

            What's odd is that I can install a IDE drive (DVDRW) and get the cd's to boot that way, but it's tedious to pull out of the rack every time I want to boot something.

            Therefore I looked at the updating the BIOS and firmware to see if it'll fix the optics and SCSI. No luck. So this is why I'm looked at USB for booting to install media :)

            I'll plug in the DVDRW and try LinuX, which did nearly install last time but from reading IBM here I nothiced, you have to install a specific firmware/BIOS/RAID controller first?

            If this is correct then can I ask, in what order should these be done and is there a disk that will do them all or most of the prep work?

            Thanks :)